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    10-13-2011, 04:39 PM
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Foal
Is my horse swaybacked?

Hi I have been told that my horse had a slight swayback by one person and I wanted to come on here and see what you guys had to say. He does have very thick and pronounced withers which I think makes even the slightest swayback if he has it look worse. I've been told you go from back to ffront when looking for a swayback and his doesnt seem that bad. So let me know what you think. If he is swaybacked then how severe is it and is it necissary for me to get him a special bad for it? Thanks so much. The first picture is now and the last two are when I first got him,which is about a year difference he has had alot of time off because I've been sick and so he's just now getting back into things so he's a little on the heavy side which I know can make the back look slightly more swayed.
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    10-13-2011, 05:19 PM
  #2
Yearling
To me he just looks a lil high withered.
     
    10-13-2011, 05:29 PM
  #3
Green Broke
IMO he is NOT swaybacked....like redape said, it just looks like he has high withers ;D
     
    10-13-2011, 06:07 PM
  #4
Yearling
Nope.
     
    10-13-2011, 06:15 PM
  #5
Started
Not swaybacked. I wouldn't even call him particularly high withered.
     
    10-13-2011, 07:50 PM
  #6
Teen Forum Moderator
I think that what they saw was his rather large butt. It's a bit high, giving the illusion of a sway-back. His withers are just a bit upright, but not all that high.

IMO he looks like a decently built horse. Nothing to worry about for now!
     
    10-14-2011, 09:57 PM
  #7
Foal
Thanks everyone that's what I thought but I was just wanting to get opinions. I got him about a year ago for $900 he was a diamond in the rough and I think he's a steal of a deal and I couldnt ask for more. He does have his issues but what horse doesnt haha
     
    10-14-2011, 10:06 PM
  #8
Showing
I agree, I don't see a swayback either. What I do see is a slightly downhill build coupled with larger withers. That can sometimes give the appearance of a swaybacked horse but in all honesty, his looks very nice and straight.
     
    10-15-2011, 12:16 AM
  #9
Yearling
Just to join the corus. Not sway backed. The back looks like it has a pretty even line between the croup and the upturn of the withers. A sway has more of a dip not a line. Doesn't look to heavy to me either. Just make sure you have a cut back saddle if English, or a high gullet otherwise. Those withers should keep you from have much of a saddle side slippage.
     
    10-15-2011, 12:35 AM
  #10
Foal
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Just to join the corus. Not sway backed. The back looks like it has a pretty even line between the croup and the upturn of the withers. A sway has more of a dip not a line. Doesn't look to heavy to me either. Just make sure you have a cut back saddle if English, or a high gullet otherwise. Those withers should keep you from have much of a saddle side slippage.
We ride western and I have a Circle Y Flex Tree for him and I love it and so does he, it has a high clearance for his withers. No not much slipping side to side with him His big ol butt does good on going uphil on trailrides haha he's got pretty big hind quarters and strong shoulders. He's really comfortable bareback too, which I just started to ocassionally try. Im glad I found this sight so I can ask horse savy people my questions when they come up you can't always trust the people on yahoo answers lol but I didnt know where else to go for my questtions where I could get alot of opinions
     

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